County wants meetings every month with city

June 17, 1997


Staff Writer

The Washington County Commissioners have proposed that they hold monthly meetings with the Hagerstown City Council to discuss common issues such as water and sewer, tourism and economic development.

The two groups have met quarterly, but Commissioners President Gregory I. Snook said more frequent meetings would help improve cooperation between the two.

Councilman Lewis C. Metzner said he favors such meetings if they are productive.

"When you say what is there to discuss, it's m-o-n-e-y," he said. "I am sure water and sewer will be on their agenda and the Fairgrounds will be on ours."


Mayor Robert Bruchey II said economic development would be his top priority for any talks. Bruchey said he wants an economic development commission that has the best interests of Hagerstown at heart, and said he's in favor of creating a new city EDC.

"I still think that we need to focus intensely within the city limits," he said.

Bruchey expects the county's water and sewer problems to be a big issue.

"As much as everybody claims that it's not Hagerstown's problem, if they raise the tax rate, that affects everyone."

Councilman Alfred W. Boyer called the proposal a "wonderful idea."

"A lot of our interests are very common and we need to all be singing from the same song sheet."

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